New energy secretary is likely to continue in predecessor's path

Dec 11, 2019
Dan Brouillette served under the previous secretary in a deputy role
U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette speaks during a press conference with the German Economy Minister on February 12, 2019 at the Economy Ministry in Berlin.
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Coal subsidy sinks after federal committee votes “no”

Jan 9, 2018
The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee voted down a proposal from the Department of Energy offering financial support for power plants that keep a 90-day supply of fuel stock on site (basically coal and nuclear plants). The FERC said the cost to consumers far outweighed any possible grid security benefit of the measure.

Will the U.S. invent the next generation of batteries?

Dec 8, 2017
A potential lack of government funding could help other countries pull ahead.
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Big cuts ahead for energy innovation programs

Jul 10, 2017
Funding for the much-lauded ARPA-E innovation program, which funds energy projects with serious potential, will be removed.
Aaron Palumbo looks into a furnace he helped develop in a lab on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. His company, Big Blue Technologies, received a $3.6 million ARPA-E grant in 2014.
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Federal agencies bracing for big cuts under Trump

Nov 14, 2016
During the campaign, the president-elect said he would 'drain the swamp.' Will he follow through?
House Speaker Paul Ryan, right, listens to President-elect Donald Trump speak to the press at the Capitol.
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A call to invest in safety of the power grid

Apr 21, 2015
Department of Energy proposes billions in investment in power grid infrastructure.

Moving on from Teapot Dome, 90-plus years later

Feb 2, 2015
Department of Energy sells oilfield central to 1920s scandal for $45 million.

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